MXD Seminar: Visual Narratives

{ Process Blog }

Week 01

Reading 01: Narrative Data • Michael Murray

Week 02

Reflective Narrative 01: Journey Box

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Some of the elements that I put in my Journey Box

This week I created a Journey Box with elements that represent the communities I belong to, and interview another graduate student about her Journey Box. The goal was to listen to her stories and familiarize my self with conducting online interviews. 

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Afterward, I created this infographic reflecting what I learned about the other student during the interview. Each section of the map is a community that she belongs to and, it is made out of events, people, decisions, environments, or lessons that are important in the experiences she has had in these communities.

Week 03

Visual Narrative Proposal

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I am interested in exploring how design can help us understand the experiences of others, who are apparently different from us, and give us tools to co-exist as human beings in better ways. For the seminar, I will have a series of conversations with Duverney, a former ex-combatant from the Farc guerrillas in Colombia. My goal is to visualize the story of his life beyond the stereotypes associated with Farc fighters. Below is the project proposal.

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Week 04

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Connecting to the World

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New Digitality

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Call for Help

I had a second conversation with Duverney this week. For this project, I aim to portrait his story in a deck of Narrative Units (the cards that you see above). But this week, I realized that there are some cards that I will create throughout the process, that won’t make it to the final deck. Instead, I will use these transitory cards, in my meetings with Duverney, as an inquiry object to explore deeper layers of his experience which I would like to know. I will make the transitory cards in Spanish, the rest will be both in English and Spanish. 

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For our second meeting, I created three transitory Narrative Units and shared them with him. From there, we took the conversation to different moments of his life, both as a Farc combatant and ex-combatant. After this conversation, I feel I have good stories to start creating some of the cards that will be included in the final narrative.

Week 05

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These are some of the cards that I have created based on the stories that Duverney has told me. My nexts steps for the following weeks include:

  • Decide what is the sequence of main events and decisions that make up Duverney's narrative. From the set of cards that I have created – and the ones I will create – what is the best story we can tell?

  • Adjust the visual and verbal language I am using to make it more coherent and authentic to his story.

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Week 01

Reading 01: Narrative Data • Michael Murray

Week 02

Reflective Narrative 01: Journey Box

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Some of the elements that I put in my Journey Box

This week I created a Journey Box with elements that represent the communities I belong to, and interview another graduate student about her Journey Box. The goal was to listen to her stories and familiarize my self with conducting online interviews. 

W2 Short Narrative-01.png

Afterward, I created this infographic reflecting what I learned about the other student during the interview. Each section of the map is a community that she belongs to and, it is made out of events, people, decisions, environments, or lessons that are important in the experiences she has had in these communities.

Week 03

Visual Narrative Proposal

VS Interview 01.png

I am interested in exploring how design can help us understand the experiences of others, who are apparently different from us, and give us tools to co-exist as human beings in better ways. For the seminar, I will have a series of conversations with Duverney, a former ex-combatant from the Farc guerrillas in Colombia, using the methodology Narrative Conversations to reconstruct and visualize his story. Below is the project proposal.

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Week 04

Conectarse al mundo.png

Connecting to the World

Nueva Digitalidad.png

New Digitality

Llamado de Ayuda.png

Call for Help

I had a second conversation with Duverney this week. For this project, I aim to portrait his story in a deck of Narrative Units (the cards that you see above). But this week, I realized that there are some cards that I will create throughout the process, that won’t make it to the final deck. Instead, I will use these transitory cards, in my meetings with Duverney, as an inquiry object to explore deeper layers of his experience which I would like to know. I will make the transitory cards in Spanish, the rest will be both in English and Spanish. 

VS Conversation 02.png

For our second meeting, I created three transitory Narrative Units and shared them with him. From there, we took the conversation to different moments of his life, both as a Farc combatant and ex-combatant. After this conversation, I feel I have good stories to start creating some of the cards that will be included in the final narrative.

Week 05

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These are some of the cards that I have created based on the stories that Duverney has told me. My next steps for the following weeks include:

  • Decide what is the sequence of main events and decisions that make up Duverney's narrative. From the set of cards that I have created – and the ones I will create – what is the best story we can tell?

  • Adjust the visual and verbal language I am using to make it more coherent and authentic to his story.

Week 06

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This is the narrative arc I’m using for this project. I plan to recreate Duverney’s story through six events and six subsequent decisions, at least one character, surrounding, or environment linked to each event; and at least one lesson, motivation, or wish associated with each decision (a total of 24 cards). 

 

I’ve been placing the collages I already have in the narrative arc to know which parts of the story I’m still missing and inquiry about them in our next conversations.

Week 07

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I’ve kept working on the narrative arc. I’ve decided that the final story will begin when Duberney has to drop out of school because his dad could not afford it, so he ends up joining the guerrilla as a teenager, and will end with him, as an ex-combatant, traveling to Australia to a rafting competition and his dreams for the future as a rafting instructor in the rural area of Colombia where he lives. In between, the story focuses mainly on his experience reintegrating into society. There are parts of the story I still need to find out in conversation with Duverney, and there are other parts I know and I’m in the process of creating the cards to visualize them.

 

These are some of the collages that I’ve created/modified in the last days:

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Week 08

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I was writing Duverney’s story using excerpts from what he has shared in our conversations, therefore the story was written in the first person. However, this week, I told the story to other people using the cards, and I realized there are some parts I don’t feel comfortable with reading them in the first person (as if I were the one who was in the war). I edited the texts, and now they are in the third person. I also work on the paragraphs so they look more connected between them throughout the story and created a few more collages. 

Week 09

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I had some collages that used literal images from war (soldiers, weapons, explosions), but others were more metaphorical. I changed the more literal ones as the possibility of being more playful and experimental with metaphorical images is allowing me to detach Duverney’s story from the stereotypical stories about war and visualize his experiences in a more unique way. Above, there is a comparison between two of the previous collages and the new ones I’m creating.

Week 10

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I recorded a video telling the story of Duverney using the cards. This helped me to articulate the story more as a cohesive narrative than a collection of different anecdotes that happened throughout his life. To make the video, I also did a first translation of the story into English. In class, I presented the story and collected feedback about the collages, the information I need to include about the context of the war and peace process in Colombia, and the use of Spanish and English to communicate the story.

Week 11

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I have been working on a small map to explain the historical context of Duverney’s story, and it has been challenging to summarize such complex information.

I also met with Duverney. So far, every time we met, I show him the cards that I have done since our last conversation, but this was the first time that I used the cards to tell him the whole narrative that I have been articulating with the many stories he has shared with me. He seemed more thoughtful this time as he listened to his story, and asked me to include a topic we had not addressed in previous conversations. 

Week 12

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I made some adjustments to the timeline of the context of the story. I also created a few more collages. This is the narrative arc of the story so far. The gray squares are the parts I’m missing, and the pink triangles are collages or descriptions of the narrative I’m currently working on.  

Week 13

I completed 24 cards about the life of Duverney. The name of the narrative is Entre Montañas y Osos / Among Mountains and Bears, and it’s his story since he had to drop out of school and decided to join the Farc, to the moment when he became a social leader because he wants to help others to have more opportunities than the ones he had when he was a child. These are some of the cards. I’ll upload the complete story to the home page of my website in the following weeks. 

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